Jan Black spent more than twenty years as an award-winning television and radio news anchor, reporter and talk show host in San Francisco, conducting thousands of interviews with newsmakers, political figures, authors, experts, celebrities and ordinary folks. She was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2011.
Jan has received numerous awards over the years for Best Newscast, Best Reporting, Best Writing and Best Anchoring from such organizations as the California Associated Press Television Radio Association, American Women in Radio and Television, United Press International, the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the San Francisco Press Club and the Aviation and Space Writers Association.
She anchored KCBS Radio live coverage of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, which was recognized with the Edward R. Murrow, DuPont Columbia and George Foster Peabody awards for broadcasting.
Additionally, she has written for many children’s magazines and educational publishers. Her work was honored with the Magazine Merit Award for Nonfiction from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, which is the top national award for a children’s magazine nonfiction article.
Jan is married to legendary National Radio Hall of Fame talk show host Ronn Owens and is the mother of two daughters, Sarah and Laura.
For Laura, everything boils down to stories. Whether it’s the stories we tell ourselves in order to succeed, the stories we tell each other to uplift and inspire, or the stories we share with the world, she’s dedicated herself to capturing the human experience in a unique way. The daughter of National Radio Hall of Famer, Ronn Owens, and award-winning journalist and co-host, Jan Black, Laura is committed to putting her own spin on the family tradition.
She takes great pride in bringing the millennial perspective to podcasts. Through conversations with experts and pioneers across a variety of industries, she’s made it her mission to empower listeners as they follow their passion and tap into their own unique potential. A pioneer at heart, she fearlessly asks the questions that show no matter what stage we’re at, personally or professionally, we’ve all got the potential to rise to life’s challenges.
Laura is a speaker and advocate for domestic violence victims and those who struggle with mental health issues. She is also a huge animal lover who has won many national awards as a competitive hunter/jumper horseback rider. In addition, she has rescued countless rescue dogs (most of them seniors) who have taught her about the fragility of life and why we need to cherish every moment.